Godfathers and Sons

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Marc Levin's contribution to the Martin Scorsese-produced documentary series The Blues examines the past and present of Chicago blues, focusing on Marshall Chess, whose family once ran the powerful Windy City blues label Chess Records, and his efforts with Public Enemy frontman Chuck D to reunite the band from Muddy Waters' infamous experiment in psychedelic blues, Electric Mud. The film has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and the images look sharp and ...
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Marc Levin's contribution to the Martin Scorsese-produced documentary series The Blues examines the past and present of Chicago blues, focusing on Marshall Chess, whose family once ran the powerful Windy City blues label Chess Records, and his efforts with Public Enemy frontman Chuck D to reunite the band from Muddy Waters' infamous experiment in psychedelic blues, Electric Mud. The film has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and the images look sharp and clear throughout. The audio is presented in two formats, a surround mix in Dolby Digital 5.1 and an uncompressed two-channel mix in PCM Stereo. No subtitles or multiple language options have been included. As a bonus, the film includes a handful of additional performances, including enthusiastic numbers from Chicago scene veterans Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, and Otis Rush, and fine archive material from Howlin' Wolf. The disc also features an interview with director Marc Levin, his filmography, and a commentary track from the filmmaker. Also available is an option that allows users to cue up individual musical performances within the film; a trailer for the series is also included as a "special feature," though including a commercial for Volkswagen a sponsor of the series as a "special feature" seems to be pushing it. Overall, the disc looks and sounds great, and matches the level of quality of the other releases in this series.
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Special Features

Five full-length performances not seen in the film: The ElektriK Mud Kats (aka Electric Mud Band) with vocals by Chuck D, Common & Kyle Jason - "Mannish Boy"; Lonnie Brooks - "You're Using Me"; Koko Taylor - "Ernestine"; Otis Rush - "So Many Roads, So Many Trains"; Howlin' Wolf - "Evil (Is Going On)"; On-camera interview with Marc Levin; Director commentary; Director biography and filmography; Special menu option to scan for all music performances; 5.1 and stereo mixes; The Blues trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • UPC: 602498603956
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Source: Hip-O Records
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Time: 2:13:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Magic Slim Participant
Sam Lay Participant
Koko Taylor Participant
Chuck D Participant
Bo Diddley
Howlin' Wolf
Marshall Chess Participant
Technical Credits
Marc Levin Director, Producer
Mark Benjamin Cinematographer
Margaret Bodde Producer
Bob Eisenhardt Editor
Richard Hutton Co-producer
Dan Luskin Associate Producer
Daphne Pinkerson Producer
Martin Scorsese Executive Producer
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Film
   Chapters
      Series Credits
      Opening Credits
      The Blues Are the Roots
      Chess Records, Beethovens of Blues
      Muddy Waters: The Chief
      Electric Mud, All the Way to Hip Hop
      Otis Rush: Plug It in and Boom!
      Immigrants: Blacks + Jews = Blues
      Maxwell Street
      We Jus' Gonna Try Ta' Make It...
      The Macomba Lounge
      Record Row: Keep It Raw
      Howlin' Wolf: Evil
      Sonny Boy: Come on in This House
      An Interracial Bar Mitzvah
      Bo Diddley: Diddley Daddy
      It Was All About Making Money
      Willie Dixon: The First Black Record Executive
      Koko Taylor: Somethin' Hot
      Talk to Me Baby
      Watchin' Daddy Chess
      Ike & Pinetop: Piano Legends
      Common Joins the Crew
      Rollin' Stones
      Sam Lay: Close to You
      Dylan & Butterfield: Their Way
      Electric Mud Meets the Modern
      Stylin': Symbols of Success
      Groovin' Mannish Boy
      Leonard Chess Is Dead
      Love in Vain?
      Chuck Berry: Music for Aliens
      Common: Freestyle Man
      Hendrix: Blues on Steroids
      The New Kings of Chess
      It's the Roots That Make the Fruits
      Bye Bye Baby
   Play Film W/Director Commentary
   Songs From the Film
      Play All Songs
      Magic Slim "Gambler"
      Muddy Waters "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man"
      Public Enemy "Miuzi Weighs a Ton"
      Otis Rush "Will My Man Be Home Tonight"
      Otis Rush "Walking the Backstreets & Crying"
      Magic Slim "Angel of Mercy"
      Lonnie Brooks "Feel Good Doin' Bad"
      Sonny Boy Williamson "Come on in This House"
      Bo Diddley "We're Gonna Get Married"
      Pinetop Perkins & Ike Turner "Big Fat Mama"
      Sam Lay "Close to You"
      Bob Dylan "Maggie's Farm"
      The ElectriK Mud Kats, Chuck D, Kyle, & Juice "Mannish Boy"
      The ElectriK Mud Kats, Common, & Ahmir "Mannish Boy"
      The ElectriK Mud Kats, Rahzel, Kyle & Juice "Mannish Boy"
      Smokey Brothers "Bye Bye Baby"
   Audio Selections
      Stereo
      5.1 Surround Sound
   Special Features
      Bonus Performances
         The ElectriK Mud Kats (aka Electric Mud Band) With Vocals by Chuck D, Common, Kyle "Mannish Boy" (Soundtrack Mix)
         Lonnie Brooks "You're Using Me"
         Koko Taylor "Ernestine" (Extended Version)
         Otis Rush "So Many Roads, So Many Trains"
         Howlin' Wolf "Evil (Is Going On)" (Extended Version)
      Director Interview
      The Blues Trailer
      Director's Biography
      Director's Filmography
      DVD Credits
      Volkswagen Commercial: Proud Sponsor of The Blues
      Web Links
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